The Civil Division, Fraud Section employs trial attorneys and senior trial attorneys with a wide range of experience and expertise. In the regular course of their duties, Fraud Section attorneys participate in ongoing investigations, negotiate settlements, and develop suits in litigation. The Fraud Section represents virtually every federal agency and works extensively with United States Attorneys' Offices nation-wide, as well as with various investigative agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fraud Section cases typically involve multiple defendants, including defense contractors, Fortune 500 companies, international pharmaceutical companies, nationwide hospitals, and other large health care providers. Fraud Section attorneys handle all aspects of litigation, including a significant brief writing and motions practice, and extensive work with experts. The Fraud Section files cases in district courts all over the country; depending on their caseload’s demands, Fraud Section attorneys travel an estimated 15-25 percent of each month.
Many attorneys come to the section with extensive litigation experience in private practice, other divisions of the Department of Justice, or other government agencies. In addition, the Fraud Section hires law firm junior associates, and virtually every year it hires attorneys through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
To learn more about working as an attorney with the Civil Division, please visit the Civil Division Employment webpage. To learn more about working as an attorney with the Department of Justice, and to view current vacancies, please visit the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management webpage. Subject to fluctuating need, the Fraud Section finds the following applicant experience and attributes most desirable: complex and document-intensive litigation, substantial courtroom exposure, a healthcare or procurement law background, knowledge of statistics or accounting, and strong writing skills.
Auditors and Investigators
The Fraud Section relies on a team of auditors and investigators to provide vital support to the department’s mission. The team utilizes up-to-date investigative tools, including forensic auditing and automated databases, to uncover fraud committed against federal programs. This team also works in conjunction with professionals from outside agencies such as the FBI, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Food and Drug Administration.
The auditing and investigating team prepares investigative plans; locates, schedules, and conducts witness, whistleblower, and defendant interviews; analyzes organizational structures; participates in meetings with defense counsel; and analyzes financial statements. They also provide vital assistance in locating hidden assets and developing post-judgment discovery; conducting document review and preparing evidence binders; conducting asset searches; performing data mining; working with outside experts and consultants; assisting in subpoena and other document preparation; preparing affidavits; performing damage calculations; and testifying in legal proceedings.
Available auditor and investigator vacancies can be found by searching USAJobs at www.usajobs.opm.gov.
Fraud Section paralegal specialists provide vital support in both investigations and litigation. Among other things, they review, analyze, and organize voluminous documents into databases; assist in document preparation, including complaints, motions, and briefs; digest and summarize transcripts; research and analyze legal issues; respond to outside inquiries; and handle legislative issues. Paralegals provide key support for trial by, for example, participating in the interviews of potential witnesses and summarizing their prospective testimony; identifying and organizing trial exhibits; preparing exhibit and witness lists; and organizing travel arrangements, hotel arrangements, and trial witness testimony schedules; and assisting attorneys in the courtroom.
Available paralegal specialist vacancies can be found by searching USAJobs at www.usajobs.opm.gov. Ideal paralegal candidates possess a college degree with some legal experience or a Paralegal Certificate.
Legal assistants in the Fraud Section perform a wide range of vital duties. Among other duties, legal assistants: provide technical assistance in litigation, including helping to draft correspondence, filing paper or electronic documents with courts, and compiling exhibits and witness notebooks; provide liaison within the Civil Division and with other Department components and client agencies, including initiating and responding to information requests, and monitoring electronic docketing resources; provide administrative support such as completing forms and ensuring that office equipment is in working order; track and control legal documents; and assist with factual and legal research. Legal assistants also keep track of time and attendance for Fraud Section staff.
Available legal assistant vacancies can be found by searching USAJobs at www.usajobs.opm.gov.
Secretarial duties include: acting as liaison for assigned attorneys by answering telephones and responding to information requests; preparing a variety of legal and non-legal documents; providing administrative support by completing forms and arranging meetings and conference calls; establishing and maintaining case files; and making travel arrangements and preparing forms requesting travel authorization and reimbursement.
Available secretary vacancies can be found by searching USAJobs at www.usajobs.opm.gov.
Student Support Staff
As part of the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), the Fraud Section hires undergraduate and graduate students to support legal assistants, secretaries, paralegals, and attorneys. Typically, five students assist the Fraud Section at a time. STEP participants’ duties include: answering phone calls for the senior staff and directing callers to the correct person; preparing, faxing and mailing correspondence; filing court briefs and other submissions; maintaining case files; preparing travel and litigation expense forms; copying; and stamping documents produced in litigation.
To learn more about student opportunities with the Civil Division, including information on applying to student positions, please visit the Civil Division’s Employment webpage.
Each year, the Fraud Section’s litigation teams are supplemented with approximately six volunteer undergrad student interns whose responsibilities may include preparing trial exhibits; summarizing depositions; drafting memoranda and other correspondence; performing basic legal research; preparing draft reports; and analyzing and evaluating information. Students may complete internships for course credit or grades. The position is part-time, and the number of hours worked each week may be determined by the school if the student is completing the internship for credit. Volunteers, who must be enrolled as a student on at least a half-time basis, are eligible for reimbursement of some of their commuting costs on public transportation.
To learn more about volunteer student opportunities with the Civil Division, including information on applying to volunteer positions, please visit the Civil Division’s Employment webpage. Ideal applicants will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, excellent oral and written communications skills, and a strong work ethic.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, regional, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or on the basis of personal favoritism. DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. DOJ is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.